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as we look back at the terror attacks this is threatened to be overshadowed by outrage and controversy. we'll talk with the mayor of morning city and the moretor who ignited a firestorm. why he came to new york today. first look inside the blast zone. what investigators in scaliforna are finding after a blast killed four people. >> 17 networks, 100 celebrities, and 12 million cancer survivors
together for one event aimed at stomping out cancer. it's saturday, september 11th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television we begin this morning on what should be a somber and poignant day of remembrance. >> in fact, you're looking at video of ground zero where the twin towers stood. families will gather to remember loved ones lost on 9/11. for nearly a decade now this anniversary has been marked by a solemn reflection and a call to unity devoid the politics, but not this time. >> this year the controversy surrounding a proposed mosque near ground zero threatens to overshadow this day of mourning. last night the florida pastor who drew condemnation for threatening to burn the quran made his way to new york.
we will talk to him exclusively about what he is doing here a little bit later. >> we're also going to talk with new york mayor michael bloomberg this morning about the anniversary, the progress that's been made at ground zero, and his take on all of these controversies. first, nbc's michelle franzen is in lower manhattan and has word on what we canç expect there today. good morning, michelle. >> reporter: good morning, amy. emotions are always heightened around the 9/11 anniversary. this year, of course, political and religious controversies are adding to the tension, but it still will not keep the nation from taking time to pause to pay tribute to the lives lost on that day. despite a heated debate over a proposed mosque and p cultural center and a pastor threatening to burn copies of the quran. the focus returns to remembering the victims. ceremonies in new york, virginia, and pennsylvania pay tribute to the 2,752 victims
killed when terrorists hijacked four commercial planes that attacked the u.s. in lower manhattan 9/11 families gather at a park adjacent to ground zero. throughout the morning in shanksville, pennsylvania where united 93 flight crashed, michelle obama and laura bush will honor a ceremony to honor the passengers that fought back. plans to rebuild at ground zero are moving forward. the centerpiece, one world trade center, is expected to be completed by 2013, but with each construction step forward, there remains a connection to the
past. steel beams pulled from the rubble were permanently installed this week at the entrance of the national september 11th memorial and museum slated to be finished in 2012. >> it is going to be a memorial that we will all be proud of and a memorial that will inspire people around the world. >> and always remind them never to forget. president obama also signed a probleming clamation making september 10th through 12th national days of prayer and remembrance, calling on americans also to set aside time to volunteer. amy. >> and now here's carl. >> amy, thanks. as we mention the anniversary of 9/11, it's usually a somber reflection and national day of service. this year it is also marked by some member of outrage and controversy. nbc's mike taibi is coveriow that part of the story for us. mike, good morning. >> good morning, carl. how are you. yes, there's been a lot of controversy, and it's been building leading township this day. just think of what's happened in the past couple of weeks leading up to this commemoration of 9/11.
in fact, no sooner will the last of the names be read and the last of the moments of silence be acknowledged at this point that two separate protests will form, yes, near ground zero, but, more importantly, in the site of that proposed islamic cultural center and mosque. one protesting the mosque itself. the other group in protest against racism and anti-muslim sentiment. there's so much of that in recent weeks. think of some of the examples. some say this is a christian company and they should build their mosques in foreign countries, and a radio dj in houston saying that if they build a mosque, i hope somebody blows it up. all of that leading to today. even president obama has been drawn into this talking about the now abandoned plan to burn those korans by florida pastor terry jones. >> although this may be one individual in florida, part of my concern is to make sure that we don't start having a whole bunch of folks all across the country think this is the way to
get attention. this is a way of endangering our troops. >> reporter: those passions are very genuine, though. a lot of people are completely opposed to the idea of the mosque and their anger is very real. the protests will start and they'll demand the attention of the media at this point. >> you have talked to people on both sides of the debate regarding these protests today. what specifically are people expecting to happen? >> well, they're both expecting that they'll be thousands of people on each side, both protesting the mosque and protesting those protesters. not necessarily for the mosque, but protesting, as i say, anti-muslim dignitaries. i've been speaking to the organizers on both sides all weeklong. there might have been a plan for the protests if there was a quid pro quo. the pastor doesn't burn the korans and they won't build the mosque. they both said last night the protests will go on as planned. nothing has changed. >> thank you very much, mike.
now here's amy. >> carl, thanks. new york city mayor michael bloomberg also joins us this morning from the world trade center site. mr. mayor, good morning. >> good morning. >> and you were a fairly new mayor on the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. now we're here commemorating the ninth anniversary. how has this day changed for you and for new yorkers? >> well, for the families maybe in some senses it hasn't changed because their loved ones never come back. for the rest of us we have reflected and we're rebuilding, and that's the balance that we have to have. we have to make sure that we don't forget and help those who have had big losses and family members recover and get back. for the rest of us it's more an economic thing, and something where we've got to make sure we teach our children the less ob of 9/11, which i think is that there were people around the world that felt our freedoms were something they couldn't tolerate and they tried to take them away from us, so thank god
they didn't. >> you mentioned the rebuilding and the physical evidence of that rebuilding is right behind you. you see the crane. that's exactly a year from now. the memorial site will reopen or will open there at the site of the world trade towers, and the tallest building in the united states will one day be there as well. talk a little bit about what we can expect in the anniversaries to come in terms of that rebuilding)and the criticism that you continue to face that this rebuilding has taken so long. >> well, the criticism comes from people that don't understand. we have something called democracy, and we want to make sure that everybody had a say and in democracy you listen to each other, you argue about it and you try to come to some agreement that gets most people most of what they want. there are the legal challenges that you have, and there's the fundraising you have to do. we've gone through a terrible economic recession in this country during the rebuilding period, and so it's harder to get tenants, harder to get loans, harder to get donations. then a lot of the infrastructure
work that you do is under ground where nobody can see it. now all of a sudden the buildings are above ground and going up and everybody said what took you so long. i think if you go back and take a look at the amount of construction here, the complexity of the construction, the number of interested parties, this will go down as a really fast track project. >> we talked about the emotional rebuilding, and, yet, there is this controversy that threatens to overshadow the remembrance of the day and, of course, we have the islamic cultural center controversy, the center that is proposed to be built very close to the site of the world trade towers. in addition to that now, we have a pastor down in florida who has had an on again-off again plan to burn korans there on this evening. you have been very outspoken about both of those controversies, and, yet, do you have a level of concern in terms of what this has done to the relationship between muslims and nonmuslims, americans and those
overseas? >> i don't think these thernkz lies to the level of what 9/11 is all about. these are minor things to talk about, but the real thing here is to remember 2,900 people that were killed on 9/11. the real thing here is to remember that some people around the world tried to take away your right and my right to pray and to speak and to be in charge of our own destiny. when it comes to people wanting to pray, i don't happen to think the government should tell you where to pray or how to pray or who to pray to or who to pray with, and this is what the first amendment is really all about, and i think when people around this country start thinking more and more, they don't want somebody coming in to their town and saying, no, you can't build a church or a synagogue or a temple or a mosque here fpuáq the government doesn't like it. first amendment protects us all. the koran burning guy, i don't think it dignifies us spending my time. all you do is give him the platform that he would like.
i'll stay away from that. >> we thank you for yertainly a. >> thank you. and now for a check of the weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins. bill, good morning. >> good morning. last weekend we were tracking hurricane earl. there is a drop storm igor, but that's well out in the atlantic. no concerns for any land areas. so it's a pretty simple forecast this this weekend. a little bit of light rain and thunderstorms heading through the tennessee and ohio valleys today. by sunday, that begins to arrive on the east coast. but much of the country will see a dry, warm, and a pretty nice weekend. really from the west coast especially through the northern plains. th good morning. craig herrera, on saturday morning, we do have sunshine for us. mostly sunny this afternoon and in through sunday in fact, it's the middle part of the weekend into next week we cool off. we'll have rain in the forecast it looks like possible for friday and saturday. meantime today, highs in the warm spots in the upper 80s.
investigators and fire crews in is san bruno have been looki for answers to why a gas line run ruptured creating a giant fireball. miguel has been following the story and joins us live from san bruno. >> reporter: four people are dead, dozens of others are injured in a neighborhood not far from san francisco international airport. this morning the gas company says one of their gas lines has ruptured, but we don't know why.
as the sunsets in san bruno, the charred remains of a neighborhood still smolder still 24 hours after a deadly gas line explosion flattened home and melted cars. >> you've got hot spots in some of these places and so they might not be completely searchable. >> reporter: thursday evening, an explosion september a giant fireball hundreds of feet into the air engulfing dozens of homes in flames.a giant fireball hundreds of feet into the air engulfing dozens of homes in flames. >> the neighbors concluded that a jet had just gone down. >> reporter: residents fled with flames bearing down on their homes as police and fire crews sealed off the neighborhood, homeowners found other ways to check on their properties. >> you know what, my house is still standing. >> reporter: this man convinced a stranger on a hillside a mile away to let him take a hook from the backyard. he called his wife with the bitter sweet news. >> it almost looks like the house next door is gone and like
it stopped our house. >> reporter: neighbors say they had complained to the local power company about a gas smell in the weeks heeding up to the explosion. pacific gas and electric is investigating those report, but confirms a steel gas pipe ruptured three feet under ground around the time of the blast. >> we need to know why this happened and we need to know how this happened. >> reporter: this isn't the first deadly explosion involving a pg and event g gchlt ang&e ga. in 2008, a gas line ruptured killing a homeowner. a federal investigation revealed the workers didn't identify the source of the reported leak and failed to evacuate the neighborhood. >> we'll be looking at the emergency preparedness and what plans were in place by pacific gas and electric to respond to an issue like this and then what response actually occurred to this disaster. >> reporter: the ntsb says they'll be looking at a variety of factors in the gas line failure including the age of the pipe and the last time it was
serviced. carl, back to you. >> miguel, thanks for that. joining us this morning from san bruno, lieutenant governor and the fire chief. good morning to you both. before we get to the actual potential cause of the explosion, i just want to talk about the neighborhood. we know the red cross has been on the scene helping neighbors. what is the community -- how is the community doing and what are they in need of the most right now? >> well, obviously everybody came together and we responded to the explosion. now we've got the red cross, we have an incident command center, we have a community center, and everybody's coming together, blood, donations, food. everybody just came together, carl. and that's what we're in the process of now. >> have you been able to determine at all what might have caused this gas line to exmode? >> that's my biggest question now. we're now into the investigation part of what happened here. i want to know when it happened,
we know when. how did it happen. and how to prevent it from happening again. if you're at home in california today, you're asking yourself there's pipelines everywhere. how are we going to prevent this? so right now we need to find out what happened. that's what i want to know now. >> fire chief hague, you can imagine residents around the country thinking about the infrastructure of pipelines underneath their own neighborhoods and owondering what's down there. have you been able to check the gas transmission system and had there been a problem with this line in the past? >> not that we know of, carl. when we received the call obviously we requested pg&e to respond. and they responded quickly, appropriately, but it's a complex system is what they use, it's a high pressure line which goes to the distribution system, so it takes some time to shut
that kind of system down. >> have you been able to confirm that some of these neighbors did in fact treport the odor of natural gas in the days or weeks leading up to this? >> carl, that was mentioned that at one of the first news briefings we had. and pg&e addressed the issue, but we're going back in the dispatch records to verify if we responded to the area for a gas leak. we need to continue that research. >> lieutenant governor, it almost has to force to you revisit how these pipelines are maintained and regulated, doesn't it? >> it really does. we need to go back and take a good look at what's happening here. we don't know the year, how old will pipeline is, but you have a 30 inch pipeline going right under a community. and the question is, what are the procedures for safety. today people want to know how am i going to prevent that from happening in my neighborhood. is there a pipeline under my neighborhood. there's a lot of questions to be
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40s for the north end of the bay, 50s for the rest of the bay area. here's the satellite. as we go through the end of the week, things are going to cool down but for today and tomorrow the ridge that is with us will give us sunshine, again some 80s close to the areas. affected by the fair, and then also the rest of the bay area inland in the upper 80s. the beaches are in the 70s. so this ridge of high pressure is getting rid of a lot of the fog that will sit at the coast. while we have some this morning it won't last long. most will stay close to monterey and south of there. 75 for a high in san francisco, 87 in livermore, same for sonoma. san jose about 87. sunrise coming up at 6:48. sunset at 7:23. for the remainder of the week ahead, the seven-day forecast, we continue with this trend through sunday. it's monday we start to cool off a bit but notice wednesday, thursday and friday, kris, rain
in the forecast for the north bay. >> thank you, craig. we know the investigators in san bruno will be happy to have daylight. investigators will be out again to search for possible victims of the san bruno explosion. so far we know four people were killed in that fire after the gas line ruptured. we learned 44-year-old jacqueline greg, 20-year-old jessica morales, did not survive. 52 people were injured, 37 homes destroyed. many are waiting to find out when they can go home or if they have a home to go home to. a meeting today an services and details. all of the details coming up at 7:00. ea
we're back on a saturday morning, september 11th, 2010. you're looking at a live picture of ground sooe owe, the site of the world trade center and the attacks that took place nine years ago today. today is a day of remembrance or national service day, but tensions are high over the possible building of a mosque near the ground zero site and the lingering anxiousner response to a florida pastor who threatened to burn copies of koran. pastor terry jones made his way it to new york last night. he will join us here this morning for an exclusive interview. also coming up, we will ask the question whethre is elizabe
ann gil? she's just two years old when she disappeared from her front porch. her family refused to let the case die and how 45 years later the fbi has reopened the investigation. what made them reopen it? we'll find out. also stand up to cancer. a one hour commercial free telecast aired on 17 networks last night including youtube. celebrities from george clooney to denzel washington and adam sandler took part in the event that is dedicated to the 12 million u.s. cancer survivors. >> and michael dug michael can appearance. a lot to get, to but first a check of the weather. good saturday morning. a little chilly out here on the plaza. some from south dakota. you came from a long ways away, right?
you have to get ready for your cold weather, too. let's talk about what's happening out around the country. the big fall chill moving in but a nice weekend. we'll be watching the wet weather in the ohio valley that heads for the east coast on sunday. a lot of people trying to make their football bill, thanks. good morning. craiherrera here. just in time for the weekend, more sunshine, in fact we don't have a lot of fog to contend with. whater is out there will not last long. it's 55 now in san francisco, notice in the 40s in the north end of the bay. due to the lack of cloud cover. 80 in the warmer spots, closer to 90 degrees in places like almaden valley and livermore. 75 san francisco through napa and sonoma counties in the mid to upper 80s. seven-day forecast, enjoy it, next weekend cooler with a chance of rain. that's a look at your weekend carl? terry jones planned to mark the anniversary of nim by burning copies of the koran.
on thursday after worldwide condemnation, and appeals to stand down, pastor squoens called it ocaljones called it off. he and his assistant pastor are here this morning. a lot of people wondering what you're doing in new york today. >> we have come here with the hopes of speaking with the imam. we feel that we have somewhat of a common denominator in the fact that most people do not want the mosque near ground zero and of course i assume all muslims do not want us to burn the koran. >> so is there a meeting between you two? >> there is not. we have been trying to set up one. >> there are voice mails exchanged. what's the possibility -- >> we have a couple of people who are working on it who are mediating the situation. >> but you came to new york in the hopes that a meet would go happe
meet would go happen. >> right. we just have a hope that one will take place. >> the burning was scheduled to happen tonight at 6:00. is it going to happen? >> we have decided to cancel the burning. >> why? >> yeah, we feel -- we feel that whenever we started this out, one of our reasons was to show -- to expose that there is an element of islam that is very dangerous and very radical. i believe that we have definitely accomplished that mission even though we have not burned one koran, we have gotten over 100 death threats, we see what is going around in the whole world even if we do it. we feel a little bit if you're familiar with the story of abraham, we feel a little bit like abraham was also called to do something very crazy, i mean
god told him to go to the mountain and sacrifice his son. of course abraham was much wiser than us, he told no one. so he got to the mountain. he started to do it. and god told him to stop. so we feel we have accomplished our goal. we were obedient. we feel that god is telling us to stop. and we also hope that with us making this first gesture, not burning the koran, to say, no, we're not going to do it -- >> not today, not ever. >> not today, not ever. we're not going to go back and do it. it is totally canceled. we would hope that through that, maybe that will open up a door to be able to talk to the imam about the ground zero mosque. >> so you can guarantee us today that there will never be a burning of the koran at your church? >> i can absolutely guarantee you that, yes. >> wayne, is this -- pastor jones talks about an element of islam being radical. are you now saying
religion itself is not radical in and of itself? >> i believe there are teachings carried on throughout the entire religion, as there are in denominations in christianity, wi there are facets in islam, as well that push one element more than others. but that element is still alive and well throughout the entire religion. >> we've been criticized in the media perhaps fairly that we gave you a microphone and made you basically an international name, well-known in this country certainly, and that that was publicity for your church, that you've been toying with us with these on again/off again pronounce wants, is he going on burn, is he not going to burn. was it for publicity? >> absolutely not. we were 100% convinced that this was a type of a mission. we believe very much that there is an element that is very, very
radical. i am of the opinion it is much larger than our politicians and our news media with a liimmedimo us believe and we have well proved that point by the reaction worldwide. >> you arrived at laguardia last night amid lots of security. security around here this morning has gotten very intense. you've gotten 100 death threats. you're a reviled man and you're a wanted man in some cases. >> right. >> how much of that is part of this decision? were you scared into it? >> no. we already -- we definitely did not realize that all of this would take place. of course not. but we knew that if we went in this direction, that our life could be threatened or would be threatened, we could possibly even get killed. i think the fact that we changed this decision, we felt as though god was telling us to do this, i don't believe that has changed the death threats against us. i believe that we have already
went too far to change that. >> if this mosque is still built, which you clearly oppose, you still will not reverse your decision, you still will not burn the koran? >> we will definitely not burn the koran, no. >> bottom line for the church, wayne, is this going to create more members for your church or result in fewer members? >> one of the things i'm hoping that this createses is that there are strong passions in religion. and people really need to get back to the text of the bible, the text of the koran, what do they actually believe. what is in there or are they following an element that probably really god did not want us to follow. >> you made some news this morning. we appreciate your time coming in. mommy. mom. hey, mom. good times. mom, the back to school list is here.
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elizabeth ann gill was just two years old when she disappeared from the front of her family's home back in 1965. now nearly half a century later, the fbi is joining the family's never ending search for their little girl. nbc's kevin tibbles has the story. >> reporter: at 2 years old, elizabeth gill was adored and doted on by all her older siblings. beth as she was called was playing in the front yard of the gill home one june day in 1965 when she simply disappeared.
vanished. >> the day was like every other sunday and suddenly it was -- everything was different. our whole world was just turned upside down. >> reporter: beth's family always believed she was kidnapped from their front yard on that day so many years ago. for years after she disappeared, their father tried to get the fbi involved, but at the time, it was out of their hands. but how 45 long years later, the fbi has joined the search and reclassified the case. >> the policy over the years has changed a little bit to allow us to get involved earlier or get involved at all, which we really -- it didn't call for back in 1965. >> reporter: and now modern technology is helping fill in the blanks to help uncover clues and spread the word. >> we've done lots of searches from information that came from the original investigation. internet searches, name searches, vehicle searches, any number of things that now we have the ability to do that at
that time you couldn't do. >> reporter: beth's family hopes these old clues and new technology will lead them to the sister they never gave up looking for and loving. >> my gut says she's out there. she's waiting for us. >> mine, too. i believe that she may still be alive and if she is, then we need to do everything we can to allow her the choice of coming back home. >> reporter: after nearly half a century, beth's family hopes this cold case may finally be solved. for today, kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. martha hamilton is elizabeth gill's sister, she joins us from st. louis. good morning. >> good morning. >> i heard you and your sister there just saying that you believe your sister is still alive. how hopeful are you, though, that the fbi can actually make a reunion possibly happen? >> i think there's a good chance that they can. we have faith in them. i've seen the things that they
have done so far. and they actually are treating this fast it happened today. >> do you know what kinds of leads they may have? there's one apparently that says beth may have been kidnapped by gypsies? >> some of the information that's been released is not -- you know, they've checked out and some they've eliminated. but at the same time, this way leads that were given to us that had never been reported directly to the mipolice. and they're checking those leads, also. >> i know these past 45 years have had to be so difficult. you have a number of sub siblings obviously. how have weatheryou weathered ts not know something. >> you just have to go on with your life. there's soonly so much that you can do. you have a life to live and children to take care of and grandchildren. >> it seems like, though, none of you ever gave up hope of finding her. >> no, we actually didn't.
we had no reason to believe that she wasn't out there and if there was anything in our power that we could do to bring her home, we would. >> it must have been a roller coaster ride at least initially with the police involved and wondering if you'd ever see her again. when something like this comes up, a development, where do you have reenernrenergized hope, do get yourself get excited? i saw a smile on your face. how do you temper that? >> you have to temper it to the extent that you don't get obsessed with it, you don't count on it, you just hope and pray that your dream comes true. >> i want to put back up the age process photo of what your sister may look like now. and how she may have aged. technology as you mentioned certainly has changed. your family has turned to dna testing and the internet. are you hopeful that she may be looking for you, too? >> i think that's a good possibility. in fact, before we had a lot of
media coverage in the past four year, we've had four come forward and they're looking for their families. since our additional coverage, we've had two more women contact the law enforcement officers. and they will be checked out. so i think there are people that need to be reconnected with their families on both sides. >> well, we certainly wish you the best in your search. martha hamilton, thanks so much for joining us. >> thank you. and we'll be right back. but first, these messages. i had this chronic, deep ache all over -- it was a mystery to me. i found out that connected to our muscles are nerves that send messages through the body. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia, thought to be the result of overactive nerves that cause chronic, widespread pain. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. i learned lyrica can provide significant relief from fibromyalgia pain.
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that will do it for us. our thanks to carl quintanilla and bill karins. tomorrow we'll preview open practice's final and 25th year of her show. >> see you tomorrow. as governor, he cut waste got rid of the mansion and the limo budgets were balanced. $4 billion in tax cuts. world class schools and universities. clean energy promoted. 1.9 million new jobs created. california was working. i'm jerry brown. california needs major changes.
we have to live within our means; we have to return power and decision making to the local level-closer to the people and no new taxes without voter approval. jerry brown the knowledge and know-how to get california working again. good morning. next at 7:00 on today in the bay, a san bruno neighborhood leveled by flames, this morning an up close look at the crater left behind by a deadly gas line explosion. >> ntsb investigators back out today trying to figure out why the gas pipe line exploded. they have pointed questions. if you're one of those people who smelled gas leading up to this they want to hear from you. is soft on cats.